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Political Religion
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The origins of the expression political religion, analogous to political theology, are obscure. Probably it was a neologism born in the “saddle period” of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. K.G. Bretschneider used the concept to analyze the system of mediations between religious or denominational fractioning and the formation of political parties. In his Wörterbuch der Sittenlehre (1834), Johann Christian Karl Herbig stated: “A political religion is a religion whose ultimate purpose is associated with the state; it is therefore alw…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Political Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024616>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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